With a history steeped in such a rich abundance of fashion and style, it still surprises us to this day that Paris is yet to have a permanent residence that brings it all together in one location. From Louis XIV’s courts which were the arbiter of style with countries across Europe following their every outfit change to Marie Antoinette and her lavish reputation – it wasn’t just cake she was indulging in there’s no doubt they have plenty to work with. This isn’t even taking into consideration the many fashion houses and revolutionary designers who call the city home. Least we even try to mention them all but even just listing Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Hermès and Yves Saint Laurent you get the idea.
So with Chanel set to partner with the city in order to construct a brand new space in the famed Palais Galliera and donating just over Dhs20 million (€5.7 million euro) as reported by WWD, we’re expecting something special to say the least. The museum which currently only displays temporary exhibits will house a 7,211-sqaure-foot space that will showcase the regions history from the 18th century all the way up to today. Also most importantly – yes there will be a bookstore (and gift shop we hope) as well as a learning workshop to boot. “This initiative represents a lasting commitment to creation and to the strength of Paris, which are at the heart of Chanel's business,” said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel Fashion, in a recent statement. “Supporting an institution like the Palais Galliera is part of our mission to bring fashion history to life.”